Post written by Mic Johnson, talking about being intentional about scheduling awesome people and things on your calendar each week
Do you have awesome people and things scheduled on your calendar each week?
If your answer is YES, then I’m giving you a <<virtualhighfive>>.
If your answer is NO, then I’ve got a simple solution for you, so keep reading.
I’m fortunate because I have awesome clients who I get to see and work with each month. In addition, I’m also intentional about scheduling awesome people and things around those client meetings.
I do it because those people and things give me energy, perspective, connection and regular doses of happiness. Not only is that good for me mentally and physically, but it makes me a better person, husband, friend and keeps my energy up when working with our clients.
I always say “If it’s on the calendar, it happens.” With that in mind, here are just a few items that are staples on my calendar:
I’ve been meditating for several years now and typically do it 4-5 times a week. I always do it in the morning for 20 minutes using the Headspace app. It’s a great way to start the day, sitting in quiet reflection before diving into the responsibilities of the day.
Peer Advisory Groups
I have two peer advisory groups who meet monthly, Introducing Awesome and Introducing Awesome 2.
These groups are made up of awesome people who share energy, advice, business and personal challenges, and more.
I never know what I’m going to get each month when I meet with them because we keep a pretty loose agenda, but I always walk away feeling energized and grateful.
We always have a few laughs, enjoy the camaraderie when one of us (usually Archie) hits a great golf shot, and have some great discussions about things going on in our lives.
Individual Recurring Calendar Appointments
I have several individual recurring calendar appointments, ranging from every six weeks to quarterly.
These include phone calls with certain family members and friends who don’t live in Kansas City, lunch appointments (often at one of my two favorite sushi places, Bob Wasabi Kitchen and Sushi Uni) with old neighbors and business associates, and the occasional happy hour with people I mentor or who mentor me.
I get energy out of these conversations and it feels good to know that we’re taking the time to stay connected and talk about real and meaningful things.
Massages Every Six Weeks
We’ve had a lot of massages over the years and no one comes close to the magic that Darrel and Stephanie perform on our tight muscles.
We love them so much that we drive 30 minutes to Lee’s Summit specifically to see them.
We often make a half-day out of it and grab lunch in the growing downtown area of Lee’s Summit and follow up our massages with a movie or something else fun.
I take anywhere from 3-6 mile walks about 4-5 times a week. It’s great to clear my head, listen to some music, enjoy some sunshine and a little bit of nature and just disconnect from technology for awhile.
A 3-mile walk only takes an hour, but the mental and physical benefits can’t be denied. I find myself really looking forward to this “me time” and I start to miss it if a day or two goes by without a good, long walk.
I’m the “social chair” for our household. I like to put things on our calendars to enjoy with people we care about. Sometimes that’s a happy hour on our front porch (#FrontPorchFridays). Or maybe a trip to the City Market or Overland Park Farmer’s Market. Perhaps we’ll grab dinner at a new restaurant with friends. Or we’ll attend one of the many cool events around Kansas City throughout the year.
All that said, though Missy and I are social and love doing things on the weekends, I’m committed to not over-scheduling us. We typically leave Sundays to rest, recharge, catch up on some shows on the DVR or Netflix, and prepare for the week ahead.
Does any of this resonate with you? Are you intentional about scheduling AWESOME on your calendar? What types of things do you do? I’d love to hear about it so leave a comment below or drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.